What to Do After an Accident Involving a Semi-Truck
Accidents involving semi-trucks are different than normal accidents. Not only can they be more destructive because of the large nature of the trucks involved, but they can also be more complex should injured drivers choose to pursue a claim. Read on to find out what to do following truck accidents to ensure the best results.
Get Medical Attention
If a driver or passenger has been severely injured, he or she should seek medical attention immediately. Health and safety are always priorities, so don’t put off going to the hospital to perform the steps below. If another party was involved, he or she can collect information while the injured party receives medical attention.
Stay at the Scene if not Seriously Injured
Parties who have not been seriously injured should stay at the scene of the accident. This is especially important for drivers, who may get into legal trouble for leaving the scene before a police officer or first responder says it’s OK. Move to a safe location and place a call to report the incident.
Call the Police
If a driver is involved in an accident in which one or more parties have been injured, he or she is legally required to notify the police. Call 911 and offer details so that an officer can be dispatched to the scene.
Take Down Information
The police will take down both parties’ information as a matter of course, but the driver or, if the driver was injured, a responsible passenger should also write down the trucker’s name and contact information. Get the other driver’s license number and license plate number and the name of the trucking company he or she works for.
Take photos of the accident scene before moving the vehicles and any debris. These photos may be useful later should one or more of the parties involved need to file a claim. If possible, speak with witnesses, as well, and write down a description of what happened.
Call a Lawyer
After arriving home, the first person to call is a lawyer. Find someone who has experience representing similar clients and don’t be afraid to ask about negotiation experience and trial experience. The lawyer can help evaluate evidence gathered from the scene and make suggestions as to how to move forward.